School Districts Still in Need of Bus Drivers After DCS Fallout

North Texas school districts have been brainstorming on how to fill in the gaps

Tuesday is the last day that Dallas County Schools will exist.

Voters acted to hit the brakes on the 172-year-old bus agency last fall after NBC 5 Investigates reports uncovered internal safety and financial problems.

The agency served nine independent school districts here in North Texas, impacting transportation for thousands of students. Highland Park, Aledo,  Irving, Carrolton-Farmers Branch, Lancaster, Richardson, Cedar Hill, DeSoto, and Dallas independent school districts all previously had contracts with DCS. The agency’s fallout left each district with a driver shortage.

This summer, districts have been brainstorming on how to fill in the gaps.

• Aledo ISD administrators are currently interviewing for its last two positions.
• Dallas ISD recently held a hiring event and interviewed 200 prospective drivers. The district is currently looking to still hire less than 100 drivers to meet its daily route requirements.
• Irving ISD, DeSoto ISD, and Cedar Hill ISD have all three obtained contracts with the national bus transportation service “First Student.” Irving ISD is still in need of 13 drivers.
• Lancaster ISD has hired 87 percent of its drivers, but still needs 15 more to meet their daily routes.

We reached out to Carrolton-Farmers Branch ISD, Highland Park ISD, and Richardson ISD, but have not received a response.

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